For many, the 2013 Mitsubishi Pajero VRX is an icon as a ‘go anywhere’ 4WD which has been around forever. For a lot of families, a Pajero has probably played a role of some sort, including weekend sports duty or the holiday getaway car.
Since its original introduction in 1982, there have been quite a few changes along the way to get to where we are now with the 2013 MY14 model.
In the Pajero VRX, which sits just below the range topping Exceed model, you’ll find 7 Seats, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers, Automatic Headlights, Power drivers seat with 8-way adjustment and lumbar support, Reverse parking sensors, diff lock, and a rear roof spoiler.
Don’t think that the power plant has been forgotten either. Under the hood lives a 4 cylinder turbo common rail diesel, producing 147kW of power and an impressive 441Nm of torque. Unlike some other diesel variants, which can be a little thirsty, in this segment of the market, the Pajero is listed to achieve a fuel economy of just 9 litres per 100km from this 2.3tonne 4WD.
Knowing its customers, Mitsubishi made safety a priority with the Pajero, equipping the MY14 model with the gear it needs to ensure that it receives a 5 Star ANCAP rating.
This includes driver and front passenger SRS airbags, driver and front passenger side SRS airbags and curtain SRS airbags, as well as side door impact beams, electronic brake force distribution, active stability control and a stack of other safety features.
So, that’s enough of the brochure reading. Right now the Mitsubishi Pajero looks good, but how did it perform? Let’s have a look.
If you own a boat, caravan or plan to tow in the future, its great to know that a cool 3,000kg’s can be towed. It’s one thing to own a car that can tow, but its another thing knowing that you can tow comfortably and safely.
Today, the Pajero has turned into one of the most popular cars on the market and owned by families for taking the kids to and from school, with the fishing rods on the weekend being swapped out for footballs and hockey sticks.
The Mitsubishi understands this and have reflected this in the flexibility of the vehicle. The kids are happy in the back, the seats are comfortable upfront, fuel economy is great, even when towing, and it seems that a lots of people love taking it off-road and end up being the car which saves the day for others.
This meant that you had the right power when you needed it and weren’t using any more fuel that you had to.
Thanks to the turbo attached to the diesel engine, throttle response is good and has a quick pick up that doesn’t leave you hanging at the lights or when an opportunity to jump into a gap in traffic presents itself.
Nobody likes a slouch and the Pajero is certainly no slouch for a SUV.
As part of that purchase price there’s a 5 Year or 100,000km Warranty, 5 Year Perforation Warranty, Capped Price Servicing and 1 Year of Diamond Advantage Roadside Assistance. Not a bad package and a good recipe for plenty of peace of mind for an important member of family.
It’s an off-roader, school taxi, weekend cruiser, tow truck and everything in between. The exterior design is aging and we’d love to see a new shape soon, but for such a capable vehicle that a lot of owners love, we can allow a little leeway in this respect.
The drive surprised us, and fuel economy impressed us a lot. So if you are on the hunt for any of the above vehicles, we suggest you add the Mitsubishi Pajero VRX to your list of vehicles to check out at Motorama Mitsubishi located at Moorooka, Browns Plains and Springwood.
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